Under 5 years old, more than 1 million people may die in six months, UNICEF, etc. warning September 9, 10:27
Unicef,the United Nations Children’s Fund and others have warned that the spread of the new coronavirus could delay medical services such as vaccinations in many countries around the world, and that more than one million children under the age of five could die in the next six months.
This was revealed in a report released today by UNICEF, who the World Health Organization and others.
As a result, 5.2 million children under the age of five died around the world last year, the lowest number since statistics began 30 years ago.
On the other hand, due to the effects of the new coronavirus, medical services such as vaccinations and medical examinations are delayed, and a total of 80 million infants under the age of one in at least 68 countries are at risk of developing infectious diseases that can be prevented if there is a vaccine.
He also points out that an estimated 6.7 million children are unable to get enough nutrition as a result of significantly reduced household incomes, such as parents losing their jobs, and are more susceptible to infection, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
For this reason, the report warns that more than one million children under the age of five could die in the next six months.
UNICEF Executive Director Fore called on the international community to help, saying that “millions of children under the age of five, especially newborns, are more likely to lose their lives if they do not provide urgent assistance to restart medical services.”